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Becoming an Appraiser with Wessex

At Wessex Appraisal Service, we are always delighted to hear from people who are interested in joining our team of appraisers. If you're one of these people and would like to learn more about how you can get involved with offering high quality appraisals to your colleagues, read on!

We provide a fair and transparent recruitment procedure that allows all doctors wishing to be appraisers and who fit the eligibility criteria, to attend a summative two-day New Appraiser Training course. The training we deliver is consistent across the NHS England South region.

We aim to deliver two New Appraiser Training courses each year.  However for 2020-21 we have had to cancel our first scheduled for June due to the Covid pandemic. The second – Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November – is still open for application at the moment.

To be considered for any course you will need:

  • To complete and return an application form
  • Be shortlisted against agreed criteria
  • Be invited to and attend an interview
  • Be invited to and attend the two day training course

If during the training you demonstrate all the core competencies required, you will be engaged to provide three probationary appraisals in the first instance. This is a supportive and formative function provided by a Locality Lead to enable any early concerns or difficulties to be addressed promptly. It also allows new appraisers to reassure themselves that this is a role that they wish to pursue.

If you are interested in becoming an appraiser please review the following documents:

These documents will give you an overview of the requirements of the appraiser role.

Within Wessex it would be usual for any appraiser to:

  • Complete the Service average number of appraisals – around 12 – each year
  • Participate in the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (2 sessions of CPD to be completed by attending a combination of annual conference, support groups, online training if applicable and appropriate)
  • Review their position three years after their initial training by attending a Current Appraiser Skills Assessment course and then every five years

If you would like to know more then please do contact the Programme Manager or Training Administrator in the first instance.